|Headquarters||Royapettah, Chennai, India|
Number of locations
|Parent||SPI Group Private Ltd.|
SPI Cinemas is an Indian multiplex chain and film production company owned by the SPI Group, headquartered in Chennai. It operates multiplexes in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Originally called Sathyam Cinemas, it was later renamed SPI Cinemas as it introduced several other multiplexes. SPI has often been lauded for its premium quality and inexpensive pricing. Its theatres, primarily Sathyam Cinemas, are often used by filmmakers for movie premieres and audio launch events.
SPI is notable for being the first mutiplex operator in India to equip its screens with the Dolby Atmos and Auro 11.1 sound systems. SPI has also introduced the first IMAX screen in Chennai with its Luxe Cinemas brand.
Sathyam Cinemas was originally named the "Royal Theatre Complex" and was built by Raja from Venkatagiri in April 1974. With a capacity of 1,255 seats, it was the largest multiplex built in Chennai at the time.
Kiran Reddy, the current CEO of SPI Group, revealed in a 2012 interview with The Hindu that Sathyam Cinemas was acquired by his family "from someone" in the 1980s. It was acquired for real estate purposes with no intention of continuing the theater business. He claimed, "The intent was to demolish the Sathyam building. The theatre wasn't a viable business if you looked at the value of the land." However, when he got involved in the business, the family had made several improvements to the theater. Reddy had taken over the business in 1999 and continued developing the theater, adding three more screens and refurbishing the existing three.
In January 2015, PVR Cinemas was revealed to be in talks to acquire all the screens under the SPI Cinemas brand. However, the deal fell through due to the widespread sentimental and negative response received from the moviegoers of the city.
|State/Territory||City||Theater Name||Theater Locality||Number of Screens|
|Tamil Nadu||Chennai||Sathyam Cinemas||Royapettah||06|
|Escape Cinemas||Express Avenue, Royapettah||08|
|S2 Perambur||Spectrum Mall, Perambur||05|
|S2 Theyagaraja||Old Theyagaraja Talkies, Thiruvanmiyur||02|
|Luxe Cinemas||Phoenix Market City, Velachery||11 (including one IMAX - Yet to open)|
|Palazzo Cinemas(Yet to open)||The Forum Vijaya, Vadapalani||09 (including one IMAX)|
|Coimbatore||TheCinema||Brookefields Mall, Krishnaswamy Road||06|
|Andhra Pradesh||Nellore||S2 Nellore||Old Raghava Cineplex, Pogathota||03|
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